According to the New York Post, Y.Z. and A.P., an Asian-American couple living in New York, got married in 2012. Facing difficulties in conceiving, they spent $100,000 on in vitro fertilization (IVF) services at the Sperm Clinic in 2018. On their website, the clinic advertised to have fulfilled the dreams of tens of thousands of parents in over 20 countries.
The clinic made a mistake in the IVF process.
In early 2018, the clinic took in Y.Z. and A.P.’s sperm and eggs. A.P. became pregnant with twins that year. However, the doctors implanted embryos from two other families into A.P. The mother gave birth to two white-skinned boys instead of the two girls as previously informed.
During the ultrasound, the couple noticed abnormalities, but the doctors persisted in denying their concerns. In 2019, the twins were born, and the clinic had to admit the mistake. The twins were returned to their respective biological families, including Anni and Ashot Manukyan.
Y.Z. and A.P. filed a lawsuit against the Sperm Clinic in July 2019. As reported by CNN, the initial complaint was filed in the Federal Court of Brooklyn, and later transferred to the Federal Court of California. Legal proceedings included a separate settlement agreement in October 2023 with one of the clinic’s doctors, Joshua Berger, involving an amount of $200,000.
The lawyers representing the couple and the clinic have submitted a notification to the Federal Court of California regarding the reconciliation process after the mix-up that led to the woman carrying and giving birth to babies from other families.
The birth mother of one of the twins, Manukyan, also had the embryos of another couple mistakenly implanted. However, she was not successful in carrying the pregnancy.
The Manukyan family discovered that they became parents through the Asian-American couple after the clinic called them for DNA testing in March 2019. They also sued the clinic for the mistake and reached a confidential settlement in December 2019.